The Persian cat is a very beautiful cat with a great coat and a characteristic short snout. They need a lot of maintenance and are prone to several medical conditions so be careful before choosing to purchase a Persian cat.
Persian cats have a long history, recorded as far back as the 1600’s. Older photos have shown that the breed standard has changed a lot over the years. The Persian cat was registered with the Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA) in 1871.
These beautiful cats come in several coat colors, including silver, blue, Himalayan and more. The legs are short and thick. The Persians with white coats and blue are often deaf.
The breed standard now is for the forehead, nose, and chin all to be in one vertical line. Due to this very flat nose they are prone to breathing problems and sinus infections leading from that trait.
These cats require more care from their owners than the average cat. The coat should be brushed several times a week because it is too long for them to care for it themselves. Also, their eyes tend to accumulate debris and they should be wiped clean as needed as well.
These cats are also prone to several genetic problems as well. They have a higher than normal incidence of polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Thanks to genetic testing this disease should be decreasing in incidence.
Although the cat is very beautiful, owners should be aware of the high maintenance required of these cats and the potential health problems they carry.
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